The first Thanksgiving within the New World was celebrated in 1621, practically a yr after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth. In 1789, George Washington grew to become the primary of many US presidents to formally proclaim a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer”:
I do advocate and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November subsequent, to be devoted by the folks of those States to the service of that nice and superb Being who’s the beneficent writer of all the nice that was, that’s, or that can be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our honest and humble thanks for His sort care and safety of the folks of this nation earlier to their turning into a nation; for the sign and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His windfall within the course and conclusion of the late battle; for the nice diploma of tranquillity, union and lots which now we have since loved; for the peaceful and rational method through which now we have been enabled to determine constitutions of presidency for our security and happiness, and notably the nationwide one now these days instituted; for the civil and non secular liberty with which we’re blessed, and the means now we have of buying and diffusing helpful data; and, typically, for all the nice and numerous favors which He has been happy to confer upon us.
In 1863, within the midst of the Civil Conflict, Abraham Lincoln likewise referred to as for a day of Thanksgiving in November:
I do due to this fact invite my fellow residents in each a part of the US, and likewise those that are at sea and those that are sojourning in overseas lands, to set aside and observe the final Thursday of November subsequent, as a day of Thanksgiving and Reward to our beneficent Father who dwelleth within the Heavens.
President Trump on Wednesday issued his personal Thanksgiving proclamation:
On Thanksgiving Day, we thank God for the plentiful blessings in our lives. As we collect with household and pals to have a good time this season of generosity, hope, and gratitude, we commemorate America’s founding traditions of religion, household, and friendship, and provides thanks for the rules of freedom, liberty, and democracy that make our nation distinctive within the historical past of the world.
This November marks 400 years for the reason that Mayflower and its passengers confronted the unknown and set sail throughout the Atlantic Ocean. . . . These intrepid women and men endured two lengthy months at sea, drained and hungry, to reach in a brand new world filled with potential. Within the winter climate that greeted their arrival, they misplaced practically half of their fellow vacationers to publicity, illness, and hunger. Regardless of unimaginable hardships, these first People nonetheless remained agency of their religion and unwavering of their dedication to their goals. They solid friendships with the Wampanoag Tribe, fostered a spirit of frequent objective amongst themselves, and trusted in God to offer for them. The next yr, they celebrated a profitable harvest alongside their Native American neighbors — the primary Thanksgiving. . . .
This yr, as our Nation continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, now we have as soon as once more joined collectively to beat the challenges going through us. Within the midst of struggling and loss, we’re witnessing the outstanding braveness and boundless generosity of the American folks as they arrive to the help of these in want, reflecting the spirit of these first settlers who labored collectively to fulfill the wants of their group. First responders, medical professionals, important staff, neighbors, and numerous different patriots have served and sacrificed for his or her fellow People, and the prayers of our folks have as soon as once more lifted up our Nation, offering consolation, therapeutic, and power throughout instances of uncertainty. Regardless of unprecedented challenges, now we have not faltered within the face of adversity. On the contrary, now we have leveraged our strengths to make vital breakthroughs that can finish this disaster, rebuilding our stockpiles, revamping our manufacturing capabilities, and creating groundbreaking therapeutics and life-saving vaccines on record-shattering timeframes. . . .
We additionally acknowledge those that can’t be with their households. This contains the courageous American patriots of our Armed Forces who selflessly defend our sacred liberty at house and overseas. And we pause to recollect the sacrifices of our regulation enforcement personnel and first responders. We’re deeply grateful for all those that stay on watch over the vacations and hold us secure as we have a good time and provides thanks for the blessings in our lives.
This Thanksgiving, we reaffirm our eternal gratitude for all that we take pleasure in, and we commemorate the legacy of generosity bestowed upon us by our forebearers. Though challenges stay, we are going to by no means yield in our quest to stay as much as the promise of our heritage. As we collect with our family members, we resolve with abiding religion and patriotism to have a good time the fun of freedom and cherish the hope and peace of a brighter future forward.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the US of America, by advantage of the authority vested in me by the Structure and the legal guidelines of the US, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 26, 2020, as a Nationwide Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all People to assemble, in properties and locations of worship, to supply a prayer of due to God for our many blessings.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I’ve hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of November, within the yr of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the US of America the 2 hundred and forty-fifth.— DONALD J. TRUMP